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Courses - Spring 2018
GVPT
Government and Politics Department Site
GVPT101
Introduction to Political Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
A study of the basic principles and concepts of political science.
GVPT170
American Government
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
A comprehensive study of national government in the United States.
GVPT200
International Political Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
A study of the major factors underlying international relations, the causes of conflict and cooperation among international actors, the role of international institutions, the interactions of domestic and foreign policies, and major issues in security, economy and the environment.
GVPT201
Scope and Methods for Political Science Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: GVPT100 or GVPT201.
Formerly: GVPT100.
An introduction to empirical research in political science.
GVPT221
Introduction to Formal Theories of Political Behavior and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170.
An introduction to the theories of rational choice including theories of negotiation and bargaining, elections and voting in democracies, community organizing and the contrast between the roles and performances of government and market.
GVPT241
The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Examines some of the salient continuities and breaks between the ancient and modern traditions in Western political philosophy.
GVPT273
Introduction to Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
An overview of modern environmental philosophy, politics, and policy, exploring environmental politics in the US by way of comparison with other developed and developing countries.
GVPT282
Politics and the Developing World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
A study of the domestic governmental institutions; processes and problems such as conflict and economic development; and the socio-economic environments that are common to developing countries of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
GVPT289J
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Uncertain Partners: US & China in a Changing World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
GVPT306
Global Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Focus on three processes of international environmental policy development- identifying problems, negotiating solutions, and implementing agreements- through a range of case studies, including global climate change.
GVPT317
(Perm Req)
Mock Trial II: Advanced Trial Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT217.
Credit only granted for: GVPT317 or GVPT319B.
Formerly: GVPT319B.
Development of trial advocacy skills through participation in practice trials and intercollegiate mock trial competitions. Student may have an opportunity to represent the university in intercollegiate mock trial tournaments, including the National Mock Trial Championships.
GVPT319C
Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in the Social Sector
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An overview of careers in the social sector ecosystem. We will discuss common jobs and career tracks in nonprofits, foundations, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, social sector consulting, corporate social responsibility, think tanks, and academia.
GVPT319D
Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in Government and Politics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An overview of career in government and politics. We will discuss human resource rules and processes specific to the government along with career tracks in the federal government (executive,legislative, and judicial), state & local government, running for office and working on campaigns and lobbying.
GVPT331
Courts, Law and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170.
An introductory course to the study of law with emphasis on how lawyers and judges think and argue. Topics include, contract law, property, family law, torts, and criminal procedure.
This course is a duplication of GVPT331, Law and Society.
GVPT355
(Perm Req)
Capstone in International Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT354.
Restriction: Enrollment is restricted to students in the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management; and sophomore standing or higher; and permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department.
Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international conflict management and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.
GVPT356
(Perm Req)
Capstone in International Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, DVCC
Prerequisite: GVPT354.
Restriction: Enrollment is restricted to students in the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management; and sophomore standing or higher; and permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department.
Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.

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GVPT359F
Topics in Comparative Politics; Issues in African Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398D, GEOG398A, and SOCY398Y. Credit only granted for AASP398D, GEOG398A, GVPT359F, or SOCY398Y.
GVPT360
International Negotiations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
A study of the complexities of international negotiation and cross-cultural decision-making. Students will apply advanced computer technology in an interactive simulation involving actual negotiations.
GVPT373
Geographic Information Systems for Redistricting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT392.
Recommended:
Recommended: at least one course in statistics.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations).
Local, state and federal governments must periodically draw and redraw political boundaries to account for shifts in the population. This course will be an introduction and overview of district drawing and redistricting as an important application of GIS research in political science and public policy. This class will equip students to use convenient GIS tools to create and consider alternative district scenarios to find the best possible solution. After finishing this class students will be able to draw districts to define police beats, sales territories, congressional and state legislative districts, school and fire protection districts, and numerous other boundaries.
Students are required to bring a laptop to every class meeting. Students will need to download software onto their laptops and must have at least 60GB free space available (hard drive or a USB 3.0 external hard or flash drive) for proper installation and use. Questions regarding laptop specifications should be directed to the course instructor.
GVPT386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department; and junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT388
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT388L
Topical Investigations; Maryland Politics, Policy, and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will examine Maryland's political history, its present, and potential future. Attention will be focused on the legislative process and the legislative institution. We will discuss current policy issues before the General Assembly and the State as well as methods by which to approach issues, develop possible solutions, and negotiate agreements. The course will be led by an individual with extensive experience in the Maryland legislative branch.
GVPT388M
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Mock Trial Independent Study
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of department.
GVPT388W
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT389
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning II
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Junior standing.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT390
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must not have completed ECON414.
Credit only granted for: GVPT399A, GVPT390, CMSC474 or ECON414.
Formerly: GVPT399A.
Introduction to game theory with applications to political science, economics and sociology. Topics include preference theory, expected utility theory, Nash equilibria, subgame perfection, repeated games, folk theorems, and evolutionary stability.
GVPT396
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Honors Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors Program; and must have permission of the Government & Politics Honors Program.
A required course for all honors students designed to emphasize library research, methodology, and writing skills in political science and political philosophy. A written proposal, bibliography and research design for an honors paper required of all students as a final project.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT397
(Perm Req)
Honors Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: GVPT396.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors Program.
Individual reading and research. Preparation of an original paper.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT409C
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Civil Resistance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT409E
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; International Relations of East Asia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT409H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; International Relations of the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government & Politics Honors program. This seminar will evaluate major issues of the international relations of the Middle East and the American role and responses to these issues. The seminar will focus on several post-Cold-War cases in American foreign policy, including the 1991 and 2003 Gulf wars, policy toward Iran, American mediation in the Arab-Israeli conflict, responses to the Arab Uprisings, Re-emerging competition with Russia, and broader issues such as regional reform and nuclear non-proliferation.
GVPT409I
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; The Politics of International and Domestic Human Rights
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT409O
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; The Politics of Climate Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program; and junior standing or higher.
GVPT421
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations).
Advanced quantitative methods for political science research.
GVPT423H
(Perm Req)
Elections and Electoral Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
An examination of various topics relating to elections; the focus includes the legal structure under which elections are conducted, the selection and nomination process, the conduct of election campaigns, and patterns of political participation and voting choice in different types of elections.
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors Program.
GVPT429E
Problems in Political Behavior; Public Opinion and Partisanship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program. This course is an advanced seminar on voters in the American political system. Broadly, we will cover topics ranging from what factors influence how individuals vote to discussions of social groups, partisanship, opinions, and other characteristics that shape Americans as political actors.
GVPT432
Civil Rights and the Constitution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT331.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
A study of civil rights in the American constitutional context, emphasizing freedom of religion, freedom of expression, minority discrimination, and the rights of defendants.
GVPT439A
Seminar in Public Law; Comparative Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT454
Seminar in the International Relations of China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher. Or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program; and junior standing or higher.
Explores the foreign relations behavior of the People's Republic of China, with focus on the contemporary era.
GVPT456
The Politics of Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Credit only granted for: GVPT456 or GVPT459T.
Formerly: GVPT459T.
Examination of the definition, causes and organization of terrorist activity, along with key domestic and international counter- and anti-terrorism responses. Special emphasis on challanges and opportunities to the scientific study of terrorism.
GVPT459E
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT459M
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT459O
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200 and (GVPT280 or GVPT282). Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT459R
Seminar in Comparative Politics; The Rise and Fall of Communism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200; and (GVPT282 or GVPT280). Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations Program.
GVPT473
The U.S. Congress
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher. And must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
A detailed survey of lawmaking and the legislative process, emphasizing the U.S. Congress, and its members.
GVPT479D
Seminar in American Politics; Minority Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT479L
Seminar in American Politics; Local Politics and Government
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT479P
Seminar in American Politics; Political Polarization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT479Y
Seminar in American Politics; Political Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT482H
(Perm Req)
Government and Politics of Latin America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the Latin American countries.
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors Program.
GVPT722
Advanced Quantitative Methods For Political Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT622; or permission of instructor.
Introduction to multivariate analysis. Elementary matrix algebra, multiple linear and curvilinear correlation and regression, analysis of variance, canonical correlation and regression, discriminant analysis, and several types of factor analysis.
GVPT729M
Special Topics in Quantitative Political Analysis; Multilevel Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT743
Contemporary Political Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have graduate standing.
Theorists from Nietzsche (1884-1900) to the present will be covered with a focus on the apparent failure of the Enlightenment to usher in an age of peace and reason.
GVPT771
Seminar in American Political Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This is the core seminar in American political behavior. The course wil deal with prominent theoretical and empirical issues in the areas of voting, public opinion, political participation and other aspects of political behavior in the American context.
GVPT799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT808B
Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; Conflict and World Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT808C
Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; Prospectus Seminar in International Relations & Comparative Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT831
Formal Theories of Politics I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Survey of major formal theories of politics, with emphasis on those theories based on the assumptions of rationality. The theory of public goods, game theory, coalition theory, and the theoretical properties of voting systems.
GVPT873
Seminar in Legislatures and Legislation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Reports on topics assigned for individual study and reading about the composition and organization of legislatures and about the legislative process.
GVPT888B
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; Democracy and Democratization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT888E
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; Conflict Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.